Wednesday, November 19, 2008

150 Things To Do Before You Turn 30

Saw this post on Mumbaigirl's blog. Am closer in age to the next big O, but here goes anyway. The things that I've already done are in bold. Can't tell which came before 30 and which after. Must be growing old.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise

14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper

21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment

27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking (this is pretty much what happens every time I dance)
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country - to technopop in Edinburgh!
44. Watched whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Taken a midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke - love the Cameron Diaz scene in "My Best Friend's Wedding"
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theatre
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight - what D&D?72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on a television news program as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents - this is morbid!
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over - done that, but not to start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking with the windows open
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon - we were such idiots. We started down the path and then realized we could not possibly do it. C was 8 months old then and we had him in a stroller!
122. Slept for 30 hours in a 48 hour period - have been UP for more than 30 hours in a 48 hour period.
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. States
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper

129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about - of late seem to be trying very hard, did not care much before
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head

149. Caused a car accident - the husband would probably say I did!
150. Saved someone’s life

Am not tagging anyone. But if you'd like to do this list, please do and leave a comment!

Updated to bold "148. Shaved your head", though probably not in the manner the list thinks of it. I was 2 or 3 and our family followed the tradition of sacrificing hair to the family deity. There's a black and white photograph of the man shaving my hair off with a long razor blade and me screaming my head off.


Unknown said...

good one... ;)

Anonymous said...

Can't imagine you dying your hair!

Choxbox said...

and i almost didnt know.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sujatha, thanks for your comment on my blog and I've been following your blog for a long time now :-) My name is Siri...And just for the record, I love the way you write. A lot of what I have read on your blog I have been able to feel at some point or another, including the moving to another country and being an immigrant part.

Anonymous said...

"150 things to do before you turn 30" includes gems like these:

75. Gotten divorced
103. Had plastic surgery
109. Touched a stingray
149. Caused a car accident

Is the list creator (whoever that is) actually saying these should be on anyone's to-do list? :)

Sujatha Bagal said...

Yo Chox, sent you an e-mail. Pls to check.

Siri, thank you!

Lekhni, what about the one about burying one or both or your parents! This is some kind of a "the events most likely to have occurred in an American's life" or some such thing.

Sujatha said...

Hey, no fair. I thought you said you didn't do tags.
Here's my version, anyway.


S from F-n-S

Anonymous said...

I took the "buried" one metaphorically,. But you are right, this list can only occur in an American's life.

"106. Lost over 100 pounds" is classic. So is
"76. Gone without food for 5 days" :)

In other parts of the world, #76 might mean a famine; in the US, it just means anorexia :)

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Sujatha Bagal said...

Yuva, thanks.

MG, can't say I love the process, but love the results!

Lekhni, hmmm, I took it literally to mean one or more of your parents have passed away. Not something you'd want to check off a list.

Anonymous said...

I realised what you meant later-I was thinking about you dying your hair green or red or something

Sujatha Bagal said...

MG, no, you're right, am not that brave! :)

Anonymous said...

I agree, #92 is morbid. So is #104, and having something like #38 on the list suggests this list's author must be clinically depressed ;)

Anonymous said...

great, "i think these are a few good things to do in life"... nah.. i disagree. you nailed a few. but, all-in-all, the "bucket-list" of each is different. think deeper. probably a surmounting probes deeper.. who are you anyway?? have you ever been to any of these places?? have you ever done any of these things?? i am curious to know.